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Presentation: The future of the cannabis industry

Quartz/Alicia Gearty
By Dasia Moore
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The legal cannabis industry has arrived, and it’s a fast-developing area of the economy. A global movement to legalize medical cannabis and increasing legalization of recreational use has allowed cannabis producers to go mainstream—and stake out positions in a market that analysts predict could be worth $17 billion globally already this year.

Quartz’s newest presentation is your guide to this booming industry and three trends shaping its future:

  1. Cannabis is going mainstream.
  1. Cannabis is going corporate.
  1. Cannabis is going culinary.

You can view “The future of cannabis” below. You can also download a PDF version or the PowerPoint file. It’s one of an ongoing series of member-exclusive presentations

This presentation looks at venture-capital investment in the legal cannabis industry, the share performance of some of the biggest players, and other key developments. You’ll also see the specifics of how intertwined Big Cannabis and Big Alcohol have become.

As with all of our presentations for Quartz members, we provide an original PowerPoint file so you can use and reformat our charts and slides as you wish. You will also find our notes and sources below each slide in PowerPoint. If you enjoy this presentation, you can also read our slides on Facebook’s Libra and how to approach your airline points like an economist. 

Please share any feedback about what would make these presentations more useful—or topics you’d like to see us cover—by emailing us at These presentations are an exclusive benefit just for Quartz members, so we’d love it if you’d encourage any friends or colleagues who express interest to become a member so they can access this and other member content.